Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Harry Harlow's Monkey Study

In Harlow's study with infant monkeys, we can see a connection to human development as well. Harlow's found that the monkeys would use the wire mother for food, but would spend countless hours on the mother with the warm cloth, this shows that comfort and support is important to infants at a young age. To relate this to human infant development, a baby will typically drink of bottle of baby formula from anyone, but when they become upset they typically will only calm down and relax again when in the comfort of their parents. Without comfort and support from a mother or father figure can have a huge impact on a child both physically and mentally, and in some cases create stress.

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